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“Back in the summer of '91, when I was learning how to write decent lyrics, Bryan Adams' megahit, "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You," sat on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 7 weeks and at #1 on the UK Singles chart for 16 weeks. I had the song on repeat, trying to figure out what made the lyrics (written by Adams, Michael Kamen and Robert John "Mutt" Lange) so compelling. What hit home the most was Adams' raspy, earnest voice singing passionately about his love: "Don't tell me it's not worth tryin' for You can't tell me it's not worth dyin' for You know it's true Everything I do - I do it for you." It's many women's fantasy of what their man would do for them. It's many men's fantasy (I think -- you tell ME!) of what they would do for the woman they loved. Romance and passion, distilled into one song.”

“In many of Jason Mark Yates' songs on "A Piece of Me," the album he released in March of this year, he also captures the essence of romance and passion in his lyrics. His romantic themes vary, and include obsession about a lost love (as in "Tomorrow Never Comes" and the brilliant "Curse the Moon") or about love that is powerful but doomed ("Shifting Sands"), but all are themes that often capture women's hearts. If you don't believe me, look at the box office draws of such movies as "The Notebook" or "Ghost."”

“Yates is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist from Worcester, UK whose writing partner on some of his music is Darcy Jeavons from California. On "A Piece of Me," Jeavons co-wrote "So Into You," does the background vocal on "Shifting Sands," and produced "The Answer Is You." Yates wrote, performed, and produced the other songs. Several have a Latin flair that call to mind Sting and Michael Bublé, and are beautifully arranged. Yates' guitar work is especially good, with songs such as "Shifting Sands" showcasing a chill, yearning solo.”

“My favorite song is "Curse the Moon," a poetic metaphor for love in denial: "You can drink your wine/'Til the sky turns red/You can plan your schemes from your bed/I'll be alright without you/I'll be just fine on my own." Another standout is "So Into You," written by and performed with Jeavons, which has so much sexy electricity that it's perfect for a romantic evening. Jeavons' voice provides a luscious counterpoint to Yates' husky vocals; watch for their upcoming single, "Knock Down My Door"! Buy "A Piece of Me" on iTunes at http://bit.ly/1jfFwhw Visit Jason Mark Yates' website at www.jasonmarkyates.com Reverbnation site: www.reverbnation.com/jasonmarkyates”

“This is quite beautiful and touching. For me, what makes it especially good is the way you are in touch vocally with the lyrics, those careful intonations are wonderful and the restraint of the voice to suit the delicacy of the sentiment is so well handled. Boy does that sincerety come shining through regarding the sentiment which propels this song, I love everything about it. I think that with heartfelt lyrics like this you cannot take the singer out of the song and I truly believe it has your character woven throughout, sorta like a signature underpinning everything. This is what gives so much strength to it, there is no plastic, nothing contrived or commercial about it,. I believe it conveys what a song should convey, sincerety. It's much like I'm present as you are talking to someone about something very special. Thank you for posting this and may I also say that your profile 'about me' is as poetic in a way as anything else I've read.”

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“Jason is a great songwriter and singer who has a wonderful voice which is at times sensual as most of his songs are, if you really listen. He writes through his heart and his life experiences. I played “Shifting Sands” nearly all day recently and probably drove everyone barmy by the end of the day. For times when you feel down or when you want to just keep on feeling good this is the medicine. Jason’s music leaves you feeling elated with wide-eyed, child-like appreciation. This simply is the power of his music. The soft soothing music is a perfect fit for Jason Mark Yates and his unique vocal presentation. This could have been classified as simple lightweight pop music was it not for the high standard of musicianship. Jason’s great rhythms, fantastic vocal range, and meaningful lyrics are certainly an attractive and qualifying combination. Among his vast catalog, “Shifting Sands” in particular seems to possess a fine degree of thematic integrity and tone.”

“The Musical Sensation, Jason Mark Yates Having a glorious voice, Jason Mark Yates did some outstanding remarks on his musical career. His soft heart touching voice always loved by the listeners. It feels so awesome when I personally listen to Jason‘s music. I close my eyes and feel the way my heart beats. I can hear my breath while listening to him. The soft classic songs by him are simply awesome. Jason‘s presentation ways are so unique and the difference I felt that, he always sings from the core of his heart. His choice of lyrics and music composition is totally outstanding. The acoustic version of ‘Walk on by‘ is a touching one and I loved Jason‘s voice. ‘Reaching Out‘ has been always my favorite one among all, I played this song more than a thousand times. It has something different, I can feel it inside. Every single time I listen to this song, it stunned me as well as I feel so great. The way Jason does music, I really like his passionate ways.”

“Going where other artists do not dare. When considering artists who truly create inspiring content, many of today’s artists fall short. Inhibited by social contracts and staunch gender roles, artists are not always free to express the true depth of their music but, when they do; they leave a tremendous mark upon history. One artist that has ventured to open up his heart to the world is UK Singer-Songwriter Jason Mark Yates. Yates has just released his latest song called “The Answer Is You”. The song is a magnificent expression of love and forgiveness from the male perspective although, the roles of the main characters can certainly be reversed. Jason Mark Yates who is known for his award-winning songwriting expertise, joined forces with fellow singer-songwriter Darcy Jeavons to produce the exceptional Adult Contemporary track. Yates, who performed both the lead and background vocals, has a sound and style that is reminiscent of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icon Bruce Springsteen.”

“Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Jason Mark Yates Mixes Folk With Pop Sensibilities In Beautiful Compositions Jason Mark yates is a singer and songwriter that does both things in a very eclectic way. He does so through the union of poetry and music, unlike what you would expect. Mixing elements from the 1980s and fusing emotional connections through lyricism and steady melody, Yates introduces the listener to a cycle of different moments that truly are captivating. When you listen to some of his songs, you truly get different layers of sound, and style, mixed into his vocal style and musical steps. This is most evident in his UK Songwriting Contest Finalist song, “Reachin Out” which blends the power of David Bowie and adds U2 flavor to a steadier and heart felt song that is neither one of the two but rather something altogether unique. It’s this incredible attention to both sound and lyrical design that compels me and every other music fan to listen to music in the first place.”

“2013 UK Songwriting Contest Press Release Finalist in the Love Song Category also Semi-finalist in The Singer-songwriter Category. August 2013 "The UK Songwriting directors and judges include some of the world's top Grammy, Emmy and BRIT Award winning producers who have worked closely with such artists as Sting, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Oasis, Britney Spears and many others. There were more than 5,000 entries this year and we are pleased that Jason Mark Yates achieved such impressive results in this years event and wish Jason every success in the future as a songwriter". - UKSC Contest Spokesperson”

- UKSC Contest Spokesperson - Uk Songwriting Contest.

“Reachin Out is a heartfelt and softly-spoken track that will allow listeners ample opportunity to familiarize themselves with Jason Mark Yates. The drums really shine during this track to provide further gravitas to this recording, while Yates’ vocals are haunting. The ease of understanding what is going on during this single will endear fans to Yates’s music, while the smart instrumentation will ensure that they are on the edges of their seats. Curse The Moon keeps the strong percussive element to things, while there is a classic (50s crooner, 60s beach music) approach that Yates takes with this tracks. No matter how vintage of influences that Yates utilizes during his tracks, there is a current and contemporary feel to each song that will make it easy for fans of all ages to appreciate precisely what is going on. The guitar work is a particular high point during Curse The Moon, granting Yates’ overall sound a much more varied and nuanced feeling.”

“UK Songwriting Contest Finalist Jason Mark Yates isn’t your typical singer/songwriter. The Adult Contemporary artist is making a name for himself with his soothing vocals and trademark acoustic arrangements. His song “Reachin’ Out” impressed the judges enough to make him a finalist in the 2013 Songwriting Contest held in the U.K. His sound is smooth with a slight melancholy vibe with a little bit of a jazz underlying. His music could sit easily at home on the big screen as in intimate venues or just chillin’ at home. He’s also teamed up with songwriter Darcy Jeavons and the two have enjoyed the success of being a Semi-Finalist as duo Yates & Jeavons.”